Musings —10.05.2015 07:05 AM—
- Do you know what confirmation bias is? I’m certain you do, because all of my readers are smart. But here it is again, for those who need a refresher: “In psychology and cognitive science, confirmation bias (or confirmatory bias) is a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions, leading to statistical errors.”
- If there has ever been an election where confirmation bias is a pandemic, Election 42 is it. Just take a gander at the comments below every post on this web site, for the past 64 days – in which otherwise-sane people succumb to HDS (Harper Derangement Syndrome) or THD (Trudeau Hater Disease) or TPMSHBC (The Prime Ministers Shouldn’t Have Beards Consensus) and see only what they want to see, and shut out all information/opinion to the country.
- Here’s an example. Nano boss Nick Nanos tweeted last night that he had some “interesting” numbers to share at 6 a.m. today. So, I bet some folks actually got up bright and early to see them. Lo and behold! What Nick found “interesting” was identical to his previous poll, 24 hours before. Liberals 35, Conservatives 31.
- Nick and CTV/Globe can decide whether it was appropriate to sell that as “interesting.” But what was interesting to me is how, yet again, partisans selected only those factoids that supported their view of the universe. And discarded the rest.
- Maybe because it’s Monday morning, or whatever, but I’m fed up to the teeth with Election 42 confirmation bias. So, I implore you to come out and see and hear something that is real – and that is this event, tomorrow night, involving two people I’m privileged to know. I can confirm you will be glad you did. No bias.